Why do you run?
I ask myself this every day when I leave the house, but especially when it’s hot and humid. Originally I started to run a little in college to combat the “freshman 15”, but fell in love with it after running a 5K my job sponsored (The Polar Bear 5K in Florence, SC, which is no longer held).
After moving to Charleston in 2012, I found a sense of community in the local running crowd. Running gives me a chance to be with others, volunteer, and stay healthy.
How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day?
Since it’s a Wednesday, I’ll be running a track workout in Summerville. Beside that, I’ll be working as a technical writer all day because it’s a Wednesday.
How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?
According to DailyMile, I’ve run 867 miles this year.
My mileage goal for the year is to run as many miles as I need to run to meet my performance/time goals. I try to keep a 40 mile/week base unless I’m tapering, recovering, or life happens.
What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
I prefer smaller races over big events. This year, I’m running the rest of the Race the Landing 5K series, a few other Summer and Fall 5Ks, and at least one half marathon this Fall. I’m thinking about running the Sweet Tea Half Marathon, a local half marathon in Summerville.
Before I leave for a run I must have:
Shoes. I’m not a barefoot runner. Besides that, I’m pretty simple- no other real “must haves” besides shoes and clothes.
Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?
Who is your favorite running partner?
I could never pick a favorite! I have training partners who push me to run faster as well as those who are talkative and fun for social runs when I need to slow down.
You can’t beat friends who push you to your fastest track repeats or races, but there’s a place for those who help you slow down your easy days so you can recover, too.
What races have you run so far this year?
I run a lot of races, so I won’t list them all out here. You can check out my list and recaps on the 2016 Race Schedule page.
If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?
Run fast, take chances, and dream big.
Also, do whatever you have to to stay injury-free. I don’t know the secret to fast running, but the secret to running faster than last year is consistency and staying injury-free.
Describe your relationship with running in one word